The main purpose of this course is to teach student to understand the basics steps in the research process. We begin with an explanation of research design so that students can see how a research question may be answered. Once the framework for research is established the students will learn some basic statistics for describing variables and the relationships between variables. Read more about Research Methods for Development
The Glocal Seminar is an annual, compulsory seminar. It will consist of six-seven meetings each semester. The first semester will be devoted to the theme related to International Development. Some of the sessions will be conducted by guest lecturers: we will meet activists in the realm of development who will share some of their dilemmas, as well as scholars who are engaged in research into these issues.
This course explores how qualitative research—characterized as inductive, non-statistical, interpretive and exploratory—constitutes social science research. It walks students through the steps of academic research with a qualitative focus: How to identify a robust research question, choose an appropriate data collection method and research design, address research bias, gain first-hand experience applying methods during a unique, two-day, off-campus research practicum, and finally, transform field data into academic text through preliminary analysis.Read more about Qualitative Research Methods
This research methods course provides students with intensive knowledge of the theory and practice of program evaluation research with an emphasis on its practical relevance for local community development organizations, national and international agencies, funders from the public, private, third sectors, and other policymakers.Read more about Program Evaluation for Community Development and Social Change
The course is practice oriented. It links local development approaches (Assets Based Community Development - ABCD, Results Based Accountability - RBA, The Leaky Bucket concept within the framework of Local Sustainable Economic Development - LSED, The Triple Helix Approach for innovation) to project design methodology and implementation through identifying a small scale development project with a selected organization relevant to developing countries' realities, and implementing at least a component of the project during the semester. Read more about International Development in Practice: Approaches, Challenges and Skills
What allows countries to develop? What holds development and growth in certain regions? Why many developing countries in Africa have seen lower levels of growth and development in recent decades than Asians states? This course examines these questions and many others by discussing various models in development economics and exploring their application in reality. Read more about Development Economics: Principles and Application
Working in development involves meeting many moral dilemmas and challenges. For example, how should we treat the meeting of Western and local values? What do we think about animal treatment in the community in which we work? We should be loyal – but loyal to the organization which employs us or to the clients? What is sexual harassment? And so on. In this course we shall discuss these are other dilemmas and try to offer tools of moral reasoning in order to face such dilemmas. Read more about Ethics of International Organizations